What Houseplants Need Bright Light? Here Are My 10 Picks

If you have a lot of indoor plants and you are worried about whether they need a bright light or not. Don’t worry because I have also been there, and I know how concerned you are about your houseplants.

That is the very reason why I am bringing this guide that will tell you about some of the plants that need bright light. So, if you have got any of them, you better soak them up in sunlight and let them have a relaxing sunbath.

So, fasten your seat belts, and let’s get into the good stuff.

Top 10 Houseplants That Need Bright Light

The houseplants that need direct sunlight are some of the most common houseplants in our house and office. So, I am listing the top 10 plants that need direct and bright light to thrive and grow in your house.

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

It is a really beautiful tropical houseplant, and the first time I saw it, I thought it was a fake plant made of rubber because it looks exactly like rubber. They have a beautiful and darker burgundy tone to their leaves, and if they stay in lower lights for longer, the burgundy color turns green.

This plant can flourish near your windows and balconies, where they can soak up the bright light. I have some sheered curtains at my place, and I place my rubber plant near those curtains so they can get bright and filtered light.

Umbrella Plant

Umbrella Plant

The name of this plant might sound weird to you, but if you have it in your house, you would certainly have an idea of what I am talking about. The umbrella plant is a tropical houseplant, and its leaves are patterned like an umbrella.

It is a really easy-going houseplant if you provide it with proper and bright sunlight. It grows so quickly when it gets the required amount of light that you might need to do some pruning quite often. Also, the umbrella plant does not die easily and has a pretty long lifespan, so if you are ready for that type of commitment, the umbrella plant is just the right choice for you.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe vera plant is really famous for being low-maintenance, and where is the lie? They are really easy to take care of, and even repotting them is not that big of a hassle. You can put aloe vera plants anywhere in the house where they can get direct sunlight.

The pointy leaves of the aloe vera plant grow long when it gets bright sunlight. You can also go for filtered sunlight if you want to keep your aloe vera plant from burning because of excessive sun exposure.

African Milk Bush

African Milk Plant

African milk bush might look a little weird to you, but people fond of tropical plants adore this houseplant a lot. Though this plant is known as low-maintenance, you would still need to pay attention to the light it is getting.

Though the plant needs bright light, it cannot tolerate direct and scorching sunlight, which is why you need to save this plant from direct sunlight. Put your African milk bush beside a window to give it the goodness of bright and indirect light so it can flourish.


Croton Plant

Croton is the most aesthetically pleasing plant you will ever come across. They have a hint of color on their foliage, making this plant a perfect fit for monotonous rooms. But, the problem arises when you don’t know what this plant needs.

I am right here, so don’t worry. Croton needs a lot of sun exposure, and you don’t even have to put any filtration curtain on the window. Just put the plant near your window, under direct sunlight, and you would be shocked to see how happy and healthy your houseplant gets.

Sago Palm

Sago Palm

Though this plant does not grow greatly, it is still considered perfect for indoor decorations. The biggest flex of this houseplant is its luxurious and aesthetic foliage. The plant is really low maintenance and is not going to bother you for water and light.

You can just put the plant under filtered bright light, which is all it needs for growth. If sago palm gets proper sunlight, it grows in a really beautiful plant with dark and light green-colored foliage. Direct sunlight might harm the plant, so always go for a curtain to filter the light.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant

People often say that it is almost impossible to kill snake plants. It is the perfect houseplant for beginners and does not even require much time and effort from you. It is a really interesting houseplant, and let me tell you why.

The snake plant can survive in any type of light. If you put the plant under direct and bright sunlight, it would flourish and would grow, but it won’t die under low light as well; that is the very reason why I have dozens of houseplants at my place.

Jasmine Plant

Jasmine Plant

Having a jasmine plant at your house is nothing less than a treat for the eyes because they are aesthetically pleasing. The flowers of jasmine can make your whole house fragrant but, did you know that jasmine is an easy-going houseplant.

Jasmine requires direct sunlight, but you cannot really put it right on your window as direct and harsh sunlight might kill the delicate plant. It would make the plant grow if the light is bright but indirect and filtered. The ideal spot can be near a window or beside your balcony.

Ponytail Plant

Ponytail Plant

The ponytail plant is one of the funniest looking plants I have ever come across, with its thick trunk and soft foliage resembling a ponytail. It is succulent and requires little effort from your side to grow properly.

The plant can thrive in full and direct exposure to the sun and requires bright light to grow properly. But, if you don’t have access to full sunlight, partial would also do the deed, but it needs to be bright and direct, so your plant can soak up all the benefits and grow like never before.

String Of Pearls

String Of Pearls

I am a sucker for aesthetic plants, and the string of pearls is one of my most favorite houseplants for an aesthetic setting. It is also succulent and works best when you hang it on the wall or near the window on a hanging basket.

You don’t even have to water this houseplant again and again, which makes it low maintenance. But above all, it requires tons of bright light so, you might need to hang it near a window but make sure that it is not in contact with direct sunlight as it might damage the sweet-little succulent.


So, if you have any of the above plants, I am considering you pretty lucky because all you need to do is just have a window in your house, and your problem is pretty much solved because all of these plants can grow dramatically under bright light.

But, some of the above plants can tolerate direct sunlight, and some cannot, so you need to keep that in mind as well.

Adios and take care!

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